Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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1984 84-85 TOPPS USFL JIM KELLY AUTHENTIC ROOKIE RC MINT HIGH GRADE SGC PSA 8
$41.55

1987 Topps #362 Jim Kelly Rookie HOF Signed Autographed Card Bills PSA DNA *7605
$74.99

1990 Grid Star Decals Buffalo Bills 5 dif Jim Kelly Shane Conlan Bennett #B
$19.99

Jim Kelly 3 Color Jersey Lot 48 43 36 28 50 2011 Panini Limited Legend Prime 108
$45.99

Jim Kelly Magic Johnson 1992 Skybox Autograph Auto w Seal Authentic Certified
$89.99

Jim Kelly BGS 9 Mint Lot of 3 Donruss Preferred 28 87 98 nothing lower than 8.5
$10.12

2007 LEAF LIMITED TEAM TRADEMARKS JIM KELLY AUTO JERSEY #16 25 MINT
$39.99

2005 LEAF LIMITED TEAM TRADEMARKS JIM KELLY AUTO JERSY #5 50 MINT
$39.99

2005 LEAF LIMITED MATERIAL MONIKERS JIM KELLY & LOSMAN AUTOS AND JERSEYS #42 50
$39.99

2003 SPX SPECTRUM SUPREME SIGNATURES JIM KELLY AUTO HAND NUMBERED #11 50
$29.99

2000 PEN PALS JIM KELLY & PHIL SIMMS AUTOS MINT DUAL AUTO 2 SB QBS ON CARD AUTOS
$69.99

2000 DONRUSS PEN PALS DUAL AUTOS OF JIM KELLY & DOUG FLUTIE SSP ON CARD AUTOS
$69.99

1996 Topps Bowmans Best #93 JIM KELLY OGS Graded 10 #18425-4
$22.50

Huge football team card lot of the NFL Buffalo Bills - Jim Kelly
$10.99

2008 Elite Jim Kelly throwback threads dual jersey card Bills 182 199
$12.99

NFL 1993 Classic Tonx QB - Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills
$12.95
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar



Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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1987 Topps #362 Jim Kelly Rookie HOF Signed Autographed Card Bills PSA DNA *7605
$74.99

JIM KELLY MIAMI,BUFFALO BILLS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED OFFICIAL GAME FOOTBALL
$350.00

JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BUFFALO BILLS JERSEY JSA WITNESSED AUTHENTICATED
$229.00

JIM KELLY BILLS NEW JERSEY GENERALS,BILLS PSA DNA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
$250.00

Jim Kelly USFL GAMBLERS Bills Autographed Signed 16x20 Photo JSA W680403
$125.00

JIM KELLY Signed MIAMI HURRICANES 8x10 photo + JSA COA H29132
$69.00

HOF JIM KELLY 1992 EDGE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #7 BILLS JSA CERTIFIED
$47.96

JIM KELLY SIGNED INDEX CARD PSA DNA AUTHENTIC #83413918 BUFFALO BILLS
$94.05

JIM KELLY SIGNED INDEX CARD PSA DNA AUTHENTIC #83286025 BUFFALO BILLS
$93.10

Jim Kelly Signed "4X AFC Champ, HOF 02, 237 TDs" Full Size Bills Helmet JSA 70
$299.00

JIM KELLY 1985 USFL VINTAGE SIGNED JSA CERTED 5X7 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$65.00

Jim Kelly Signed 1987 Topps Rookie Card Steiner COA Buffalo Bills NFL
$200.00

Jim Kelly Signed 1987 Topps Rookie Card HOF Inscr Steiner COA Buffalo Bills NFL
$200.00

Jim Kelly Signed 1987 Topps Rookie Card "35,467 Yds" Inscription Steiner COA
$200.00

Jim Kelly Signed Buffalo Bills Authentic Helmet “3,5467 Yds” Insc Steiner COA
$649.00

JIM KELLY Hand Signed Inscribed Bills Proline Helmet STEINER
$595.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. I have a ’92 hologram sky box Jim Kelly.
    I can’t find it to price it,like a lot of my cards.
    Any help would be appreciated. Ty

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